capella-scan overview

music scannercapella-scan lets you capture sheet music into a format you can edit. It will use your scanner to capture your own sheet music or it will accept PDF or bitmap copies of sheet music. There is a direct link to capella but you can also save the outpur as MusicXMl or MIDI if you have other music editing software. capella-scan came first in a software comparison with three other leading music recognition programs carried out at the world’s largest music exhibition, the 2003 Frankfurt Music Exhibition. None of the other programs worked as fast and with the same high quality. Since then there have been three major new versions (5,6 and 7) keeping capella-scan at the forefront of music scanning.

With capella-scan you can…


capella-scan shows all recognized elements in bright green over the printed original. Edit by clicking on the note etc.

  • capture all of the music and text in a printed score including dynamics, lyrics and titles in 2 to 3 seconds per page
  • edit any misunderstood elements by dragging and dropping the correct note/symbol
  • preserve the layout when converted to the capella format
  • play the music back straight away
  • save the score as a capella file, MIDI file or MusicXML file


Suitable for complex and long scores

Complex music can be recognized. capella-scan can recognize up to 4 separate voices on a stave. Each voice is given a different colour and this colour is applied as a background to the voices’ notes so that you can see which voices are linked to which notes. See the example on the right.

Any length of score can be processed and turned into a single score. Each page of the score is shown along the top of the preview window as a thumbnail so you can navigate around the score easily. capella-scan saves all the pages as a single score and you can save your corrections for further work later so you don’t neeed to finish your editing in one session..

Drag and drop editing


A complete score can be recognized in one go each page is shown as a thumbnail.

Drag and drop editing makes correcting any errors quick. Errors are easy to spot because the recognized score is superimposed in bright green over the black scanned image. Editing out errors is simply a question of dragging and dropping the correct item to where it is shown on the black scanned image. On the right is an example. A rest was missed and shows through as black and the next barline is red showing that there is aproblem with the beats in the bar.



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